Five years after the Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya was brutally shot in her Moscow apartment building, there have been no convictions for her murder.
Prosecutors badly botched the 2009 trial of the alleged lookout, getaway driver and another participant. All were acquitted, and the country's Supreme Court has ordered a retrial. In June, police arrested a man they claim was the gunman, and, last month, the former leader of Moscow's main internal affairs department was charged with providing surveillance data and the weapon used in the shooting. We hope the legal system does better, but we are not optimistic. Meanwhile, the mastermind or masterminds behind the assassination have not been found.
Unfortunately, this is the norm in Russia where 52 journalists have been killed since 1992, with 18 of those cases still unsolved. Numerous other journalists have been beaten, harassed, threatened or jailed after uncovering crimes by business, government or military leaders. …